Andy Murray 'autograph hunters' arrested in gun alert

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Police arrested four men suspected of brandishing a gun at tennis star Andy Murray but it has emerged they may have been autograph hunters carrying a tennis racquet.

The incident happened in north London on Wednesday when the Scot was in a car with his agent.

It is understood two men got out of another car and knocked on Murray's window, but he was driven away.

A member of the public thought the men had a gun and contacted police

A Scotland Yard spokesman said they received a call at 17:00 on Wednesday to report a sighting of a man with a firearm in a Mercedes car in Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage.

The car was stopped in Tadema Road in Chelsea, west London and four men - aged 21, 26, 27 and 31 - were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and taken into custody.

They were later bailed until late January pending further inquiries.

The spokesman said one line of inquiry being considered was that the men were carrying a tennis racquet.

He added: "A search of the car was conducted and no trace of a firearm was found."

Murray is currently recovering from back surgery.

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